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2017/2018 Session

Date Topic Speaker/Social Event
12 February 2018 Information Security and Cyber Crime Risk Patrick Kelliher
8 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Stirling talk - Stephen Cunningham
7 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Glasgow talk - Dermot Grenham
7 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Edinburgh talk - John Taylor
30 January 2018 Infrastructure risks Chris Lewin
16 January 2018 Actuaries - unlikely saviours of the world? Sandy Trust (Grant Thornton), Marianne Harper-Gow (Baillie Gifford) and Kaisie Rayner (Scottish Widows)
12 January 2018 Engaging with Employers of Actuaries, in Scotland Catherine Thorn and Debbie Atkins
19 December 2017 A customer-focused investment product minimising pensions plans Dr Catherine Donnelly
12 December 2017 Machine Learning Valerie du Preez
11 December 2017 Actuaries' Code Alan Watson
5 December 2017 Actuaries' Code Alan Watson
16 November 2017 Scottish Mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Edinburgh)
Susan Hanlon, Mercer
15 November 2017 Mental Health in the Workplace
(Glasgow)
Josh Quigley, Tartan Explorer, and Lorna Gemme, Law at Work, Barclays
15 November 2017

Scottish mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Glasgow)

Susan Hanlon, Mercer
9 November 2017 Scottish mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Stirling)
Susan Hanlon, Mercer
2 November 2017 Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Glasgow)
Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
26 October 2017 Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Stirling)
Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
25 October 2017

Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Edinburgh)

Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
15 June 2017 DC Pensions: Consolidate and certify (Edinburgh) John McAleer and Gareth Doyle, Aon
14 June 2017 DC Pensions: Consolidate and certify (Glasgow) John McAleer and Gareth Doyle, Aon
9 June 2017 Reponsible investment: The new bottom line Anthony Plotnek and Rob Nakielny, EY
18 May 2017 IRM - Putting theory into practice for UK DB pension schemes (Glasgow) Presented by members of the Integrated Risk Managment (IRM) Working Party. include Andrew Hitchcox (chair), Chinu Patel, Chris Ramsey, Ed Studd, Lok Ma, Marian Elliott, and Tim Keogh.
17 May 2017 IRM - Putting theory into practice for UK DB pension schemes (Edinburgh) Presented by members of the Integrated Risk Managment (IRM) Working Party. include Andrew Hitchcox (chair), Chinu Patel, Chris Ramsey, Ed Studd, Lok Ma, Marian Elliott, and Tim Keogh.
26 April 2017 History of British Actuarial Thought Craig Turnbull, Standard Life
5 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Edinburgh) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
5 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Stirling) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
4 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Glasgow) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
29 March 2017 History of British Actuarial Thought Craig Turnbull, Standard Life
16 March 2017 A day in the life of .... a unit-linked actuary (Stirling) Craig Smith, Standard Life, and Robert Whitehouse, Royal London
9 March 2017 A day in the life of .... a unit-linked actuary (Edinburgh) Craig Smith, Standard Life, and Robert Whitehouse, Royal London
22 February 2017 A view from China Ellen Yang, KPMG
25 January 2017 The changing pensions landscape Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications at Royal London, and former Pensions Minister
19 January 2017 Genomics basis of human lifespan (Edinburgh) Peter Joshi FIA
11 January 2017 Genomics basis of human lifespan (Stirling) Peter Joshi FIA
23 November 2016 Being an effective actuary David Hare, former IFoA President
1 November 2016 - Glasgow
2 November 2016 - Edinburgh and Stirling
Presidential visit and strategy refresh Colin Wilson, President, IFoA, and Derek Cribb, CEO
27 October 2016 Actuarial data needs David Alison and Meshali Chotai, KPMG
25 October 2016 Target-risk equity funds John Caslin, Director, Alder Capital
5 October 2016 - Stirling
13 October 2016 - Edinburgh
Climate change - a classic risk management problem Sandy Trust, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton UK LLP
22 September 2016 Attention, deficit! Managing small pension schemes Andy Thomson, Director, Thomson Dickson Consulting Ltd
7 September 2016 -
Glasgow;
8 September 2016 -
Edinburgh and Stirling
Target-risk equity funds John Caslin

2015/2016 Session

Date Topic Speaker/Social Event
19 July 2016 FRC Consultation  (Glasgow and Edinburgh)
Changes to Specific Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) and rationale for changes
Robert Inglis, Ann Muldoon
18 July 2016 FRC Consultation  (Stirling)
Changes to Specific Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) and rationale for changes
Robert Inglis, Ann Muldoon
21 June 2016 Demographics Amy Wilson and Kirsty MacLachlan
20 June 2016 Microinsurance Eamon Kelly and Henry Yan
26 May 2016 Industrialised Financial Reporting Working Party Representatives from the Working Party
20 April 2016 Behavioural Economics and Financial Services Professor Liam Delaney, Director of Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School
13 April 2016 The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Scheme and You (meetings held in Stirling and Glasgow) Fiona Burrough, Case Manager, IFoA
30 March 2016 Public Sector Pension Changes
(meetings held in Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow)
Allan Martin
17 March 2016 EU Referendum Tim Werkhoven
16 March 2016 EU Referendum Tim Werkhoven
2 March 2016 Fundamentally re-thinking ALM Paul Fulcher, Nomura International
Neil Snyman, Aviva Investors
9 February 2016 The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Scheme and You Fiona Burrough, Case Manager, IFoA
13 January 2016 What is funding liquidity risk and how can a bank manage it? Iain Ritchie, PhD Student, Heriot-Watt University
14 December 2015 The Challenges of an Ageing Population Professor David Bell and Professor Liam Delaney
1 December 2015 Risk Roadshow (Glasgow) Christine McConnell, Head of Regualtory Compliance, IFoA, and
Phil Doggart, Policy Manager, IFoA
1 December 2015 Risk Roadshow (Edinburgh) Christine McConnell, Head of Regulatory Compliance, IFoA, and
Phil Doggart, Policy Manager, IFoA
22 October 2015 Model-independent price bounds for the Swiss Re Mortality Bond 2003 Raj Bahl, PhD Student at the University of Edinburgh
15 & 19 September 2015 What is funding liquidity risk and how can a bank manage it? Presented by Iain Ritchie, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow and Edinburgh

2014/2015 Session

  • 26 May 2015 - Critial Illness Pricing: Can prices get any lower? Presented by Matthew Smith, Pacific Life Re.  Hosted by the IFoA, Edinburgh.  
     
  • 21 May 2015 - The 3 Rs: Risk, Regulation and Ring-fencing.  Navigating the pensions maize at UK banks.  Presented by Doug Baird and Sharon Midwinter, RBS.  Hosted at the IFoA, Edinburgh.
     
  • 7 May 2015 - Professional Skills Event - Solving business issues and dilemmas.  Presented by Tony Hewitt FIA, Lecturer at Imperial College, London (2008-2014)
             
  • 26 March 2015 - A sea change in pensions.  Presented by John Warburton, Executive Director, Distributions, and Sandy Trust, Corporate Pensions, Head of Unit Linked Funds, Prudential
     
  • 12 March 2015 - Demonstrating solvency by brute force is computationally tractable.  Presented by Mark Tucker, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and hosted by Moody's Analytics
     
  • 26 February 2015 - Impact of the 2014 budget on DB pension schemes.  Presented by Steven Yates, Andrew Hornell and Stuart Cook, Towers Watson
     
  • 24 February 2015 - Recovery and resolution planning.  Presented by Sandy Reid from Standard Life and James Crispin from AEGON UK Plc.
     
  • 5 February 2015 - Current legislative developments in the pensions industry.  Presented by John Wilson, Head of Technical, JLT Benefit Solutions
     
  • 15 January 2015 - There's more to life than pensions.  Presented by Maggie Craig, Head of Savings and Investment Division, Policy, Risk and Research Division, Financial Conduct Authority
     
  • 4 December 2014 -  Joint KSS and CANUK event with two presentations:
    •  An Englishman in PRC. Presented by John Atherton, Standard Life.  
    • ​Trends and opportunities of investing in emerging markets.  Presented by Steven Yang Yu, Redington
       
  • 17 November 2014 - Adverse selection in a start-up long-term care insurance market.  Presented by Dr Craig Adams, Data Manager, Market Consistent Reporting, Aegon
     
  • 20 October 2014 - Talk 1 - Fund governance and oversight.  Talk 2 - Taxation of unit linked life funds.  Presented by George McCutcheon, Financial Risk Solutions Ltd.  Hosted by Prudential, Craigforth, Stirling
     
  • 30 September 2014 - Cause of death modelling.  Presented by Donald MacLeod, Chief Actuary, Scottish Friendly Assurance Society and Chair of the Cause of Death Modelling Party.  Hosted by KPMG, Gl
     
  • 10 September 2014 - Family fortunes. Perception vs reality around retirement.  Presented by Stephen Birch and Mark Jaffray, Hymans Robertson.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Edinburgh

2013/2014 Session

  • 25 September 2013 - Unmanageable Pensions debts - or perhaps "When push (pension debt) comes to shove (sponsoring employer insolvency).  Presented by Allan Martin. Hosted by KPMG Glasgow.
     
  • 28 November 2013 - A discussion in GMP Equalisation and Conversion and Changes to Accountancy Disclosures. Presented by Russell Laver and Murray Wright from JLT Group.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by JLT Group, Edinburgh.
     
  • 24 January 2014 - A progress report on the IFoA Quality Assurance Scheme. Presented by Ben Kemp, General Council of the IFoA. Hosted by Mercer, Edinburgh.
     
  • 6 February 2014 - Employer sponsored benefits - impact on the wider market. Presented by Lee Lovett, Head of Business Development, UK & Ireland, Munich Re.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by Standard Life, Edinburgh.
     
  • 20 February 2014 - The Economic Impact of Scottish independence. Speakers Prof David Bell, University of Stirling and Dr Angus Armstrong, National Institute of Economic & Social Research.  Hosted by Prudential, Stirling.
     
  • 13 March 2014 - Building and using an effective risk appetite framework.  Presented by Chris Cormack, Head of Financial Risk, Royal London.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by Royal London, Edinburgh.
     
  • 16 April 2014 - Alternative annuity design: constructing the pension schemes of the future. Presented by Dr Catherine Donnelly, Heriot Watt University. Hosted by Heriot Watt University.
     
  • 1 May 2014 - Banking for Actuaries. Presented by John Young, Head of Customer Value, Retail Products, RBS.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here.  Hosted by Ernst & Young, Edinburgh.
     
  • 12 June 2014 - Dealing with Government. Presented by Alan Rubenstein, Chief Executive of the Pension Protection Fund.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow.  

2012/2013 Session

  • 17 April 2013 - Hope for the best but prepare for the worst – looking at the impact of a prolonged period of  low long term interest rates on pension fund and insurance company balance sheets.  Presented by Hamish Wilson.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow
     
  • 22 May 2013 - The impossibility of pensions – Can society support a retired population in the style it desires. Presented by Kate Yates. Hosted by Towers Watson, Edinburgh
     
  • 28 June 2013 - The forthcoming FCA annuity review and the implications for the industry.  Hosted by KPMG, Edinburgh
     
  • 31 Jul 2013 - Discussion of EIOPA A long term guarantee impact assessment Study.  Presented by Sandy Sharp.  Hosted by Prudential, Stirling

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Events calendar

  • Current Issues in Life Assurance (CILA) Webinar series

    Webinar Series
    15 July 2020 - 3 August 2020

    Spaces available

    CILA is one of the pre-eminent events in the annual 'Life' calendar. Due to COVID-19 we are running the programme as a series of webinars covering topics aimed at practicing life actuaries from life offices, consulting firms and other employers of actuaries and those who work in or advise on, the life assurance market in the UK and Europe.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance – Mortality in 2020 is now dominated by one thing, although – in our future-focused world – the pandemic is just one of many mortality considerations.  In this session, three well-regarded mortality/longevity specialists provide an overview of implications and impacts of COVID-19, recent and imminent CMI developments and more 'future focused' work in the MRSC

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    Because of Covid-19, forecasters predict a severe recession in 2020, followed by a V or U-shaped recovery. This impacts both individuals and companies. However, compared to previous recessions, the impact on banks of higher credit losses should be mitigated to some extent by government actions. 

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    This session will provide an overview of the Population Health Management Working Party's research including defining impactability and impactability modelling, discussing some examples of specific modelling approaches, considering the practical challenges across the NHS as well as wider public perception and ethical issues.

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    Many actuaries consider career opportunities in the Finance and Investment practice area after having started off in more traditional actuarial roles such as valuations, capital management or pricing. This session is aimed at helping actuaries to better understand roles in Finance and Investment and how they can fine tune their skills to pursue such careers.

  • Mortality and Longevity Webinar Series 2020

    Webinar Series
    22 July 2020 - 10 August 2020

    Spaces available

    Due to COVID-19, we are running this programme via a series of webinars commencing 22nd July.

    This webinar series will provide topical and practical updates and discussion on the latest thinking and innovations in mortality and longevity, and is designed to be very accessible to a broad range of experience.

     

  • Spaces available

    Insurers are making increasing use of medical research to help with assumption, models and underwriting. Experienced mortality/ longevity specialists discuss the issues in the interpretation of  medical research papers, using a range of case studies. The case studies will include COVID-19 points of current importance. Many of the concepts discussed (data bias, inference of causation) are also applicable to equivalent questions in 'big data' and advanced analytics.

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    Members of the Mortality Working Group of the IAA have analysed changes in mortality for about 30 causes of death  and will discuss how causes of death are classified, and the problems of long-term data, appropriate metrics, including "years of life lost" (YLL), causes of death - a "measure of cohortness", the changes in dominant causes of death at older ages, and how can these types of studies enhance mortality forecasting.

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    Predictive risk assessment and risk stratification models based on postcode-level consumer classification are widely used for life insurance underwriting. However, these are socio-economic models not directly related to health information. Similar to precision medicine, precision life insurance should aim to tailor policy pricing/reserving to the individual health characteristics of each client.

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    This discussion, the fourth in the Extreme Mortality Events webinar series, will look at what poor model selection and calibration could look like – using inappropriate historical data; using incorrect 2020 mortality data; and inappropriate stochastic model recalibration (or lack thereof). Presented by Chair of the Life Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Colin Dutkiewicz. 

  • Spaces available

    This webinar has been re-scheduled from its original date of the 1st July. Although ESG has many buyers across the asset allocation community, from pension funds to sovereign wealth funds, it still hasn’t found its place within the core asset management strategy desks where the money is actually invested. The problem as well as the opportunity is Fixed Income. Plenty of strategies exist for incorporating ESG within Equities, from screening, integration to a combination. ESG has picked up relatively quickly within Equities with rating,indices created using ESG factors. This talk will discuss how we price a quantifiable ESG credit risk premium and make it alpha worthy in a strategy. 

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    With the rising prevalence of dementia, how can we manage this risk effectively and can insurance do more? Matt Singleton, Ageing Lead at Swiss Re, will cover these topics and demonstrate how insurance could help people address their concerns.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance – Join us for an exploration session on the use of data science in insurance companies today including how insurers are making sense of and using new data sources and technologies, exploration of practical applications of data science within actuarial work, benefits of data-driven decisions to solve business problems using the power of data and technology, and the role that actuaries can play to harness the benefits of data science.

     

  • Spaces available

    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    This talk will look at a range of such techniques (e.g. mass lapse risk transfer, contract boundaries, risk margin relief, non-standard longevity risk transfer) that have been applied or considered by UK and EU insurers, and the pros and cons of each.

     

  • Spaces available

    Current Issues in Life Assurance.

    The International Association of Insurance Supervisors announced on 14 November 2019 the adoption of v2.0 of the global Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) which will undergo confidential reporting for 5 years starting from 2020. This session will include specific experiences from Legal and General (L&G) as well as global industry perspectives from EY.

  • Spaces available

    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    This session will cover the PRA supervisory statement on financial impacts related to climate change, industry insights into PRA climate risk business plans, examples climate risk strategy setting out key workstreams and activity steps for successful execution, an overview of a climate risk strategy execution timeline and the future.     

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. Using new and unique research and data from the UK, US, Sweden and China, this presentation investigates how consumers use the internet through their insurance journey and analyzes the role culture and generation plays in their online behaviour. We use this research to show the online landscape for insurance sales in the UK and suggest ways to shape new products and effectively engage with the consumer who is buying them.

  • Spaces available

    Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Gen Re Life/Health Research and Development, Dr John O'Brien, will discuss the impacts of Gene Modification for life/health insurance. 

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    As an industry, it has been important to be able to look to the future to identify the next quantifiable risk. In this session, I will explore some of the less tangible, but none-the-less concerning risks to future health, such as the health risks associated with exposure to pesticides, ingestion of plastic in the food chain, and the hazards of indoor air pollution through exposure to volatile organic compounds.

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    The working party will help the industry to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes and excess mortality is considered, including the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes.

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. Modelling the structure and trends of cancer morbidity risk is important for pricing and reserving in related health insurance fields such as critical illness insurance and care provision. We model the dynamics of cancer incidence over time in different regions in England, using 1981-2016 ONS data. The modelling allows estimation of cancer rates at various age, year, gender and region levels, following a Bayesian setting to account for statistical uncertainty. Our analysis indicates significant regional variation in cancer incidence rates. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. In this talk we will outline the steps Aviva took in pulling together our first large-scale disclosures on the exposure of our business to climate change published in March 2019; in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. After touching on why insurers have such an important role in climate change, we'll cover a brief “how-to” guide for those who have not yet embarked on thinking about these topics before giving a case study of how the learnings from a TCFD disclosure exercise can be applied to investment portfolios.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. 

    The insurance industry currently underwrites customers with diabetes based on a range of factors, medical expertise and various medical studies. The work undertaken by the Diabetes Working Party would help the industry to approach this using current research findings to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes is considered. This includes the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes. This webinar will present our latest findings in the management of this important chronic condition which will include research in collaboration with the ARC.